As I mentioned in my Autolyse post, A’s friend M gave us a few foodie recommendations for our first couple of weeks in Canberra. One of these recommendations was breakfast at Urban Pantry in Manuka, which we were told was quite popular. A and I headed to breakfast at Urban Pantry on a Wednesday morning in the hope of skipping a queue for a table. Regardless of our weekday visit, Urban Pantry was bustling with people but we were lucky to snag one of the last few tables.
Our first point of call was to order coffee, both in mugs. Unfortunately, only A’s flat white arrived in a mug but seeing as though my cappuccino wasn’t as good as expected, I decided to keep my regular sized coffee in the hope of grabbing another one elsewhere later. I’d heard and read on Urbanspoon that the coffee at Urban Pantry is fantastic, but I found it a little burnt with the milk having little body. It was disappointing.
For those that don’t like coffee, Urban Pantry also offer a variety of cold drinks including frappes, smoothies and specialty juices. I also noticed that they offer a Virgin Mary or a Bloody Mary to enjoy with your breakfast – perfect for those mornings were you might need a little extra pick me up.
For A’s breakfast, she ordered scrambled free range eggs on sourdough toast ($13) with a side of bacon ($3). A really enjoyed her breakfast, as there was a generous amount of bacon provided and her eggs weren’t overly rich. A did mention that she found the sourdough bread a little too thick for her liking, which made it difficult to cut and chew.
I ordered the toasted sundried tomato bagel with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and caper cream cheese ($19). I love bagels and I particularly love the combination of smoked salmon and cream cheese, so I knew this would be a perfect option for me. Each element of the dish were executed well however the main disappointment was that it arrived to the table cold.
The service at Urban Pantry shifted drastically during our short time there. At first, the service was excessive, with our waiter seemingly hovering close to us until we were ready to order. At the end of our meal though, there was no offer of a second coffee and our plates were left in front of us until we left.
Urban Pantry offer ‘blackboard specials’, which can be found near their pantry. This pantry allows patrons to purchase a range of the gourmet and local ingredients used within the Urban Pantry kitchen.
Overall, I won’t return again or recommend Urban Pantry. After the hype I had heard, I expected more and was disappointed after our visit.